Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

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What do they do?

Provide beauty services, such as cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May shampoo hair, apply makeup, dress wigs, remove hair, and provide nail and skincare services.

Also known as:

Beautician, Cosmetologist, Hair Designer, Hair Dresser, Hair Stylist, Hairdresser, Hairstylist, Stylist

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 13.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #9 in job growth rate
  • 2,520

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #12 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.3%)
  • Master's degree (1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (5.8%)
  • Associate's degree (11.4%)
  • Some college, no degree (31.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (43.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (6.1%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Clean tools or equipment.
  • Apply solutions to hair for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes.
  • Groom wigs or hairpieces.
  • Trim client hair.
  • Schedule appointments.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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